PIA News Service - Tuesday, May 22, 2012


“No collection” policy still up this enrollment, DepEd says

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 22 (PIA) –- The Department of Education (DepEd) in Caraga Region is reminding the public and all public elementary and high school teachers and administrators that the “no collection” policy is still in effect as enrollment for school year 2012-2013 nears.

This developed after reports in the previous years have reached DepEd-Caraga Regional Office that allegedly, some school principals allow their teachers to collect miscellaneous fees during the enrollment period.

Arnold Solen of DepEd-Agusan del Norte today emphasized that school teachers and administrators are not allowed to collect any fees from the parents during the enrollment, as Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro reiterated its call to all public schools officials to refrain from collecting any fees from students to encourage more parents to send their children to school and complete basic education.

In DepEd press release, Luistro strongly called on all public schools to abide by the “no collection” policy because this is enshrined in the Constitution and DepEd is duty-bound to make sure that school-aged children are in school.

Luistro stressed the national government’s goal here is to lessen the worries of parents about school fees which is one of the reasons why many children are out of school or have dropped-out in the middle of schooling.

Meanwhile, Jeaneth Obejas of Libertad Central Elementary School (LCES) said the miscellaneous fees will then be collected months after the classes have started. She likewise emphasized that this must be collected by term and on voluntary bases. “Meaning, this must not be collected once requiring the parents to pay it in full, and it is not compulsory” she added.

The DepEd likewise informs the public that beyond Grade 4, there should be no collection during enrollment period and the first month of classes. Contributions, on a purely voluntary basis, may start on the second month of every school year. This covers contributions for Boy Scout of the Philippines, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Red Cross, Anti-Tuberculosis Fund and Parents-Teachers Association.

The no collection policy is one of government’s anti-poverty measures. Through this, parents can instead use the money for other important needs such as food and transportation fare, the DepEd said. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Butuan police readies for opening of classes

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 22 (PIA) -- The city’s police force is now ready for the opening of classes for school year 2012-2013.

Police City Director PSupt. Pedro Obaldo said police officers here are ready for deployment to different barangays and areas as classes commence on June 4 as per Department of Education’s (DepEd) directive.

“Our policemen are already deployed to the different areas especially in schools to ensure peace and order,” he said.

Supt. Obaldo said this is to ensure that pupils, teachers, and parents will be given protection especially during the first week of classes, as it is expected that more people will be going to different schools here.

“Meron po tayong 'Oplan Balik Eskwela' na kino-conduct taun-taon na layuning matulungan lalung-lalo na ang mga kabataan at mga magulang na mabigyan ng karampatang proteksyon laban sa mga masasamang elemento (We have the Oplan Balik Eskwela that is being conducted every year aimed to assist the students and their parents by protecting them against bad elements),” Obaldo said

Oplan Balik Eskwela aims to implement police visibility in strategic areas of the city, especially near the schools so that whatever assistance the public need, the police officers can immediately address it, the official said.

In support of police visibility, the establishment of police boxes in the city is also observed to be effective. This is one of the measures undertaken by the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) to provide police assistance to public.

Also, with the latest donation of three patrol multi-cabs of Agusan del Norte First District Congressman Jose “Joboy” Aquino III, police officers here can now run after the riding in tandem suspects who are victimizing civilians in robbery holdup. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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CSC-Caraga prepares for career service exams on Sunday

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 22 (PIA) -- Civil Service Commission (CSC) Caraga Regional Director Adams Torres today said they are now preparing for the conduct of the nationwide career service professional and sub-professional examinations on Sunday, May 27.

Torres said that in connection with this, a briefing and orientation on accredited test administrators are currently being undertaken to ensure that the examination will be conducted smoothly and orderly.

“Tungod kay ang iskedyul sa examinasyon karong umaabot na man nga Domingo, aduna kita’y gipahigayon nga briefing ug ingon man orientation sa mga accredited test administrators aron masiguro nga mamahimong hapsay ang proseso sa pagpadagan sa maong kalihukan sa matag testing centers sa rehiyon (Because of the scheduled examination this coming Sunday, we have conducted briefing and orientation to all accredited test administrators to ensure that the examination will be conducted orderly in all testing centers in the region),” Torres said.

The official said for this Sunday’s examination, three testing centers were established in Caraga Region to decongest the number of examinees who will be taking the exam. He added examinees in other provinces of the region may take the examination in the three key cities of the region, namely: Surigao, Bislig, and in Butuan City.

In an earlier announcement, the CSC has scheduled May 27 and October 21 for the nationwide conduct of the career service examination-paper and pencil test for sub-professional and professional levels of eligibility.

During an interview earlier this year, Dir. Torres said in Butuan City, sub-professional testing center is established in Butuan City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT) in J. Rosales Avenue, while the professional testing center is located inside the campuses of Caraga State University (CSU) in Barangay Ampayon, as well as in Libertad National High School (LNHS) in Barangay Libertad here.

In the October 17, 2010 professional career examination, Darwin M. Caringal from Caraga region ranked seventh in the top 10 passers, obtaining a rate of 84.56 percent, while the topnotcher came from the National Capital Region (NCR), with an 84.92 percent rate.

During the May 22, 2011 exam, 169 examinees passed in the professional level and 23 passed in the sub-professional, and on October 16, 2011 examination schedule, 130 examinees from Caraga region successfully hurdled the exam in the professional level while only 26 passed in the sub-professional level. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

DILG’s Tapatan road show in Caraga to feature disaster preparedness

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 22 (PIA) -- After a year of launching the Tapatan Roadshow in Caraga region, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is again spearheading the conduct of the roadshow on June 12 here.

The roadshow will discuss the disaster preparedness program of the different public and private stakeholders of the region.

DILG-Caraga information officer Florian Faith Bayawa said the event will discuss preparations of the different local government units and some national government agencies to mitigate the impact brought about by disasters, as rainy season is about to come.

Bayawa also said that like the first launching of the program here June last year where it featured the full disclosure policy of the Aquino administration, DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo will again grace the event, as stakeholders are going to present their plans and programs for disaster preparedness.

The official further said the “Seal of Disaster Preparedness” will also be launched during the event aimed at preparing the local government units how to respond in times of disasters.

Bayawa added the local government units are enjoined to install early warning system in their areas of responsibilities to prevent loss of lives and property when disasters strike.

In a related development, as part of the preparation of the member-agencies of the region’s disaster risk reduction and management council for the event, a basic/intermediate course on incident command system was conducted to come up with a unified protocol system on managing and responding to disaster.

It is expected that the outputs of the five-day training-workshop are among the things to be presented to Sec. Robredo during the event since DRRM council members are coming from the local government units, regional line agencies, and private stakeholders.

The five-day training emphasized the importance of establishing a typical incident command system organization in every region, wherein concerned government agencies will follow the systematic flow of operations during disasters. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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DILG to launch seal of disaster preparedness in Caraga region

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 22 (PIA) –- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will launch the seal of disaster preparedness in Caraga region, with Sec. Jesse Robredo gracing the event.

According to DILG-Caraga information officer Florian Faith Bayawa, the launching is in time with the department’s Tapatan Roadshow scheduled on June 12 in this city, featuring a discussion on disaster preparedness among stakeholders here in the region.

Bayawa said this is one way of motivating the local government units to craft their disaster preparedness plans and programs especially that some areas in the region are considered disaster-prone, as identified by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

DILG also said the program establishes benchmark information on disaster preparedness of local governments from which will evolve government interventions to influence a progressive capacity build-up among provinces, cities and municipalities.

It also aims to assess post-intervention disaster preparedness to determine performance gaps that need to be aggressively addressed.

Further, it acknowledges institutionalized disaster preparedness as a proof of official recognition by a local government of public safety and welfare.

The assessment criteria which guided DILG in awarding seal of disaster preparedness to local government units are based on leadership structure and guide to action, operational readiness, and innovative practices.

On leadership structure and guide to action, it should comply with the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. The LGU must also have a guide to action, referring to a well-communicated calamity contingency plan.

Operational readiness refers to the minimum tests of readiness immediately before a calamity struck. These include regularly tested early warning system, fully disseminated family guide to action on warning, regularized emergency drills, designated evacuation centers, pre-deployed or location-specific assigned, and organized and trained personnel.

Innovative practices, on the other hand refers to a culture-bound, community or indigenous knowledge or practice on disaster preparedness.

The DILG pointed out that every criterion is not assigned a numerical score or weight, thus averaging or indexing is not factored into the assessment. It is simply one or zero for each criterion, that is, pass or fail. Thus, a province, city or municipality must pass all criteria to be conferred with the seal. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Stakeholders ink MOA on Occupational Safety and Health

By Francis Dominique Y. Nazario

BUTUAN CITY, May 22 (PIA) -- Stakeholders of occupational safety and health from various government, non-government, and private sectors convened recently to forge a memorandum of agreement in what could be considered a milestone in the region’s history of occupational safety and health practice.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga Asst. Regional Dir. Joel M. Gonzales explained that the agreement is the result of a Focus Group Discussion on Safety and Health Issues and Concerns, and subsequent meetings last week where stakeholders agreed to establish measures and take appropriate actions to prevent or correct the occurrence and recurrence of accidents, diseases, and illnesses in the workplace.

Also, Deputy Exec. Dir. Jomar Batino of the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) stressed this is the first-of-its-kind Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on safety in the region, or probably in the entire country, in terms of the number of stakeholders who have committed to support the program.

Meanwhile, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. lauded the immediate action of DOLE Caraga by coming up with the MOA, and urged the body to form a technical working group (TWG) that will monitor the implementation of the MOA.

For her part, DOLE-Caraga Regional Director Ofelia B. Domingo pointed out that they must ensure that the MOA is implemented to the fullest, to prevent the unnecessary loss of lives of workers in the region.

"The Novo fire in Butuan and mining accident in Surigao that took the lives of 17 workers and seven miners caught the attention of the whole nation. We must do everything in our power to prevent accidents of that magnitude to ever happen again,” Domingo added.

The stakeholders who have showed their commitment to support the undertaking are: DOLE-Caraga, OSHC), Organization of Safety and Health Network (OSHNET) – Caraga, and the regional offices of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Environmental Management Bureau, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Local Government Unit (LGU) of Butuan City, Chamber of Mines (CM) – Caraga, and the Butuan City Commerce and Industry Foundation (BCCIFI). (RER/NCLM/DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog news: Konseho sang-ayon sa hakbang ng BCWD sa pamamahala ng Taguibo Watershed

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 22 (PIA) –- Sang-ayon ang mga miyembro ng konseho ng Taguibo Watershed Management sa hakbang ng Butuan City Water District (BCWD) na pangungunahan nito ang pamamahala ng nasabing watershed.

Ito'y matapos makuha ni council chair at Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Caraga Regional Executive Director Leonardo Sibbaluca ang consensus ng mga miyembro sa ipinasang Board Resolution 095-2012 ng BCWD na humiling sa tanggapan ng Pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas sa pamamagitan ng DENR upang pangunahan ng water district ng syudad ang pamamahala, pag-administer, pag-operate at pagme-mentina sa Taguibo Watershed Forest Reserve.

Sa isinagawang pagtitipon kamakailan ng mga miyembro ng konseho sa DENR-Caraga Regional Training Center, binigyang diin ni Sibbaluca ang naging desisyon ng konseho na benepisyo sa publiko, lalo na sa mga residente ng Butuan City na kliyente ng BCWD.

Dahil dito, sinabi ng opisyal na ang iba't-ibang ahensya galing sa publiko at pribadong sektor ay kailangang maging responsable sa pagpo-protekta ng Taguibo Watershed, “dahil ito lang ang pinagkukunan natin ng tubig sa syudad.”

Pinakiusapan din ni Sibbaluca si BCWD General Manager Engr. Anselmo Sang Tian na hindi lang protektahan ang watershed. Sinabi nito na sa ilalim ng pamamahala ng BCWD, dapat ding konsiderahin ang reforestation programs sa lugar.

“Sa ganitong paraan, mapapanatili natin at maililigtas natin ang watershed,” diin ni Sibbaluca.

Nagbigay din ng kaniyang suporta ang hepe ng DENR sa rehiyon sa hakbang ng BCWD at sinabi nito na ang ahensya ay handang makiisa sa kanila (BCWD) sa pagpapanatili ng kalikasan.

Noong Setyembre 17, 2011, si Sang Tian ay nagpadala ng liham kay Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III upang hingin dito ang obligasyon sa pamamahala, pag-administer, pag-ooperate at pagmementina ng Taguibo River Watershed Forest Reserve na hango sa provision ng Presidential Decree 198 lalung-lalo na sa Section 31 na inamendahan ng Section 6 ng Presidential Decree 1479.

Ang resolusyon ay naglalaman ng pangangailangan ng Taguibo River Watershed Forest Reserve na palakasin ang pagbibigay ng proteksyon sa patuloy na pang-aabusi ng ilang tao upang masiguro ang pananatili ng suplay ng tubig sa syudad ng Butuan. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog news: Opisyal ng Pag-IBIG Fund sinigurong walang “fixers" sa tanggapan

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 22 (PIA) -- Siniguro ng mga opisyales ng Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) o Pag-IBIG Fund na walang ‘fixers’ ang nag-ooperate sa labas ng kanilang tanggapan dito.

Ayon kay Noli Quimbo ng Pag-Ibig Fund Butuan Branch, ang mga miyembro ng Pag-Ibig Fund ang kinakailangan pumunta sa kanilang tanggapan upang makipag-transact sa nasabing ahensya.

“Hindi ho kami sumasang-ayon sa mga tinatawag nating ‘fixers’… pinapayuhan po namin ang ating mga miyembro na sila mismo ang magsa-submit ng kanilang dokumento at pagta-transact ng kahit na anong pangangailangan nila sa Pag-Ibig Fund,” sabi ni Quimbo.

Ipinaliwanag ng opisyal na ang mga indibidwal na nagdadala ng maraming dokumento ay hindi fixers kundi fund coordinator na nag-ooperate sa malalayong lugar kagaya ng Agusan del Sur at sa iba pang probinsya sa rehiyon.

Nilinaw din ng opisyal na sila ay hindi tatanggap ng mga transaksyon kung wala ang mismong miyembro, maliban sa official fund coordinators na inatasan ng kani-kanilang kumpanya.

Ito ay parte sa tugon ng ahensya sa Republic Act 9485 o Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 na layuning paunlarin ang paghatid ng serbisyo ng pamahalaan sa publiko na pumipigil sa graft and corruption. Ito rin ay nagbibigay ng mga kaukulang parusa sa kung sino man ang lalabag sa nasabing batas. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano news: Mayor Matugas mimando og drug tests alang sa tanang miyembro sa kapolisan sa syudad

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 22 (PIA) -- Si Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas mimando bag-ohay pa lamang sa pagpahigayon og drug test sa tanang mga miyembro ug opisyales sa kapolisan sa Surigao City aron matino ang pipila ka mga taho nga adunay pipila ka mga “men in uniform” ang nagagamit sa illegal nga droga.

Si Matugas miingon atol sa press conference sa media bag-ohay palamang nga iya ng gimandoan si Surigao City Police Chief Superintendent Jonathan Trojello sa gilayon nga pagpahigayon og drug test sa kapolisan sa syudad aron mahibaw-an kung kinsa gyud kanila kadtong mga drug users.

Si Matugas mihimo sa maong kamandoan isip tubag sa taho sa mga sakop sa media nga pipila sa mga kapolisan ang “shabu users” ug protector sa pipila ka mga drug lords ug drug pushers.

Siya miingon nga iyang suportahan ang pagpasaka og tukmang mga kaso batok sa mga polis nga magpositibo sa paggamit sa maong illegal nga droga.

Si Matugas mibutyag, nga sukad sa iyang paglingkod isip mayor sa syudad, prayoridad na niya ang pagdakop sa mga nga tigpayuhot ug gumagamit sa illegal nga droga, magpamatuod niini ang bag-ohay pa lamang nga pagkasikop sa pipila ka mga drug lords labi na gyud ang numero 1, 2 ug 5 sa listahan sa kapolisan.

Atol usab sa maong press conference, si Matugas mipadayag sa iyang katagbawan sa kapolisan sa pagdumala ni Supt. Tojello, labi na gyud sa ilang walay puas nga mga anti-illegal drug operations. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Malacañang miingon wala nay rotating blackouts sa Mindanao

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 22 (PIA) - Ang administrasyong Aquino miingon nga wala nay rotating blackouts sa Mindanao human ang pag-ayo ug pagrehabilitar sa Polangui hydro-power plant, ang opisyales sa Palasyo miingon.

Si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda miingon atol sa regular press briefing didto sa Malacañang kagahapon Lunes nga gihuman na sa gobyerno ang pag-ayo ug pagrehabilitar sa Polangui power plant aron hupayon ang problema sa kuryente sa Mindanao.

Samtang miarang-arang ang sitwasyon didto sa Mindanao, si Lacierda miingon ang administrasyong Aquino padayon sa pagpaningkamot niini sa pagrehabilitar sa lain pang mga power plants aron maseguro nga ang rehiyon adunay igong suplay sa kuryente.

Sa kasamtangan, si Lacierda miingon ang gobyerno milantaw alang sa laing tinubdan sa enerhiya, lakip ang Iligan Diesel Power Plant. Iyang gipasabot nga kinahanglang irehabilitar ang Iligan Diesel Power Plant nga makahatag dugang 100 megawatts sulod sa otso ka bulan.

Ang gobyerno nagplano usab sa renewable energy isip parte sa long-term plan sa administrasyong Aquino aron matubag ang problema sa enerhiya sa nasod labi na gyud didto sa Mindanao. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)